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Broadway Shows are a huge attraction in NYC for locals and tourists alike. We know people who plan trips just to come see shows. Whether you’re into them or not it’s worth doing at least once, but with so many options it’s sometimes hard to decide what you should see. We’re making our way through the list, but here are our favorites so far.

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BROADWAY MUSICALS AND SHOWS IN NYC (+ OFF-BROADWAY AND OFF-OFF BROADWAY)

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Originally Created: March 8, 2018

5 BROADWAY SHOWS YOU CAN’T MISS 1. The Book of Mormon

It’s an older one, but this has been our favorite overall musical. The music is catchy, the songs are hilarious, and the story kept us engaged all the way through. It has won 9 Tony Awards since 2011, and I can’t believe it’s taken us until now to watch it!

2. Chicago

If you’re looking for a classic Broadway musical, this one definitely needs to make your list. We forgot how many recognizable songs came from Chicago. The dancing, ensemble, talent are all remarkable. If you’ve seen the movie, the Broadway version has such a different feel. It’s way more comedic. You should absolutely watch the Broadway version!


photo: Jeremy Daniel

3. Come from Away

We first heard about Come from Away on a previous trip to NYC when we met some folks from Newfoundland who were really excited about it. For those of you guys who don’t know the story, it’s about the 38 planes that were rerouted to the small town of Gander, Newfoundland following the attacks of 9/11. The musical does an amazing job of capturing so many different emotions from that day and masterfully weaved in difficult topics like racism. It had us laughing, crying, singing along, and certainly helped restore some faith in humanity.


photo: Matthew Murphy

4. School of Rock the Musical

Following the story of the movie, School of Rock was absolutely amazing. The kids are incredibly talented and really shine. We kept looking at each other in disbelief that these kids were actually playing and singing.

5. Waitress

Waitress is one of the shows who bring in temporary guests to star in the show. Sara Bareilles and Katherine McPhee have been here since we moved to NYC, as well as Jason Mraz. It was a cute story and they do a good job of making it feel immersive. You can even buy mason jar pies to eat during the show.

This guy (Chris Fitzgerald?) absolutely steals the show. His first song completely blew away the audience.


photo: Jeremy Daniel

BONUS. The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong is quite popular and won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy in 2015. We saw this during Broadway Week. There was a lot of slapstick humor and as the name implies, a lot goes wrong. We did all feel like it was a bit too one-note and the jokes got a bit tiring by the second half of the play.

TOP RATED AND MOST POPULAR BROADWAY SHOWS
  1. Hamilton
  2. Wicked
  3. The Book of Mormon
  4. The Lion King
  5. Come From Away
NEW SHOWS THIS YEAR
  1. Dear Evan Hansen
  2. Frozen
  3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Two Parts)
  4. Mean Girls
  5. SpongeBob SquarePants
BEST BROADWAY SHOWS FOR KIDS
  1. The Lion King
  2. Frozen: The Broadway Musical
  3. SpongeBob SquarePants
  4. Aladdin
  5. School of Rock
COMPLETE LIST OF CURRENT BROADWAY SHOWS
  1. A Bronx Tale
  2. Aladdin
  3. Anastasia
  4. Angels in America
  5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  6. Carousel
  7. Chicago
  8. Children of a Lesser God
  9. Come From Away
  10. Dear Evan Hansen
  11. Escape to Margaritaville
  12. Farinelli and the King
  13. Frozen
  14. Gettin’ the Band Back Together
  15. Hamilton
  16. Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song
  17. Head Over Heels
  18. Hello, Dolly!
  19. King Kong
  20. Kinky Boots
  21. Lobby Hero
  22. Mean Girls
  23. My Fair Lady
  24. Once On This Island
  25. Pretty Woman: The Musical
  26. Rocktopia
  27. Saint Joan
  28. School of Rock – The Musical
  29. SpongeBob SquarePants
  30. Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
  31. The Band’s Visit
  32. The Book of Mormon
  33. The Boys in the Band
  34. The Ferryman
  35. The Iceman Cometh
  36. The Lion King
  37. The Phantom of the Opera
  38. The Play That Goes Wrong
  39. Three Tall Women
  40. Travesties
  41. Waitress
  42. Wicked
COMPLETE LIST OF CURRENT OFF-BROADWAY SHOWS
  1. Admissions
  2. Afterglow
  3. Amy and the Orphans
  4. Avenue Q
  5. Bebe Neuwirth: Stories With Piano No. 1
  6. Blue Man Group
  7. Bobbie Clearly
  8. Dan Cody’s Yacht
  9. Drink Shakespeare
  10. Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo
  11. Friends! The Musical Parody
  12. Gazillion Bubble Show
  13. In the Body of the World
  14. Jersey Boys
  15. Kings
  16. Miss You Like Hell
  17. Mlima’s Tale
  18. Naked Boys Singing!
  19. Newsical The Musical
  20. Party Face Puffs, Or: Seven Years of Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
  21. Sex Tips for Straight Women From a Gay Man
  22. Sistas
  23. Skintight
  24. Stomp
  25. Summer and Smoke
  26. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  27. The Amateurs
  28. The Beast in the Jungle
  29. The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
  30. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
  31. The Low Road
  32. The Marvelous Wonderettes
  33. The Stone Witch
LIST OF OFF-OFF BROADWAY SHOWS
  1. All Roads Lead to Kurski Station
  2. All’s Well That End’s Well
  3. Alternating Currents
  4. Bump
  5. Ding Dong It’s the Ocean
  6. Dining with Shakespeare: The Tempest
  7. Happy Birthday Wanda June
  8. The Hollower
  9. King Lear
  10. Macbeth
  11. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  12. The Mushroom Cure
  13. Romeo and Juliet
  14. Singlet
  15. The Three Musketeers: Twenty Years Later
  16. Time’s Journey Through a Room
  17. Tump Lear
  18. Twelfth Night
  19. The Winter’s Tale
TIPS FOR WATCHING BROADWAY SHOWS ON BROADWAY AND OFF BROADWAY
  • If you’re in NYC during Broadway Week (mid-January to early Feb). The tickets are 2-for-1 so you can check off some of the shows that you’ve been meaning to watch.
  • Don’t limit yourself to just Broadway. There are a lot of amazing shows Off-Broadway as well.
  • Be sure to print out your tickets, some box offices will not print them for you. My brother came to a show during his visit and thought his online ticket would work only to find out he had to find a printer. Fortunately, he was able to hop into a nearby hotel to get them printed.
  • If you’re picking up your tickets at the box office, we recommend going earlier in the day. When it gets close to showtime, the whole theater is much more crowded.
  • Plan your bathroom breaks! First off, be aware if there is an intermission, and even if there is, the lines get REALLY backed up.
  • There isn’t a whole lot of space between the seats. If you’ve been out all day shopping or have a lot with you, make plans to drop is off somewhere before heading to the show.
  • Most theaters will sell food and beverages but they come at a price. We picked up some Twizzlers and water for $15, which didn’t surprise me too much, but when the couple next to us ordered 2 cups of wine and it came to a total of $50, all of our jaws dropped.
  • If you’re just looking for a good deal, check out TKTS for same day tickets up to 50% off. Their main location in Times Square is hard to miss, but it also has long lines. Check out their other locations for shorter lines.

We can’t wait to see many more during our year in NYC and will update this post as we do.

Have you seen any of these? What did you think? And which one are you hoping to see next?

WHAT TO DO NEARBY
  • Times Square (0.2 mi / 4 min walk, map)
  • SPYSCAPE (0.3 mi / 7 min walk, map)
  • Rockefeller Center (0.4 mi / 8 min walk, map)
  • MoMa (0.4 mi / 9 min walk, map)
  • St Patrick’s Cathedral (0.4 / 9 min walk, map)
  • Central Park (0.4 min / 10 min walk, map)
WHERE TO EAT
  • Pure Thai Cookhouse (0.3 mi / 7 min walk, map)
  • Totto Ramen (0.3 mi / 7 min walk, map)
WHERE TO STAY
  • Casablanca Hotel was the perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle of Times Square. It’s surprisingly quiet for its location, and we often came back to hang out in their clubhouse when we felt sensory overload. Most importantly, it was only a 5-10 minute walk to all the Broadway shows we watched!
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 25 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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Do you have a morning routine? Over the years, we both have tried starting some sort of routine, but neither of us are morning people, we both tend to prefer getting a few extra minutes of sleep. We know a ton of people who can’t start their day until they have their coffee. Although we both enjoy a cup of coffee, we’re more social drinkers or we drink coffee when we really need a pick me up.

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This past trip to the Canadian Rockies was one of the most active trips we’ve had in a while. It was our first time to the area, and in four days we went on a heli-hike, snowshoed, rock climbed, ice climbed, and snowboarded. We’ll be sharing more detail about each experience, but to start off, we just wanted to share some of our photos with you.

The turn of the season was the perfect time to visit. We lucked out with weather and had blue skies the whole time, and it was such a unique experience being able to do winter sports and summer sports at the same time.


photo: Robin from Elite Jetsetter

As we packed for our trip, we brought 1850Lantern Glow and Trailblazer Coffee with us to share with our travel companions and to bring with us on our adventures. It was perfect when we needed a kickstart in the morning and it was a great way to warm up on cold days and keep us energized. All we had to pack was the ground coffee, our travel coffee maker, and an insulated water bottle to keep it warm.

I love the philosophy behind 1850 Brand Coffee. It’s inspired by the year the Folgers Coffee Company began and aims to embody the hustle and grind of today’s pioneers. We feel like we’re hustlin every day. Made from fire-roasted and steel-cut beans, they come in Roast & Ground, Whole-Bean, K-Cup® Pods and Ready-to-Drink. Since we’re all about traveling light, we prefer the Roast & Ground so we don’t have to worry about grinding them ourselves. Visit 1850coffee.com to learn more.

What is your go-to coffee? Do you ever bring your own coffee with you when you travel?


ESTHER + JACOB

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 25 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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We only spent 48 hours in Manchester, but absolutely fell in love with the city. We started our UK trip in London, but after a short 2-hour train ride, we were in the heart of Manchester.

Manchester is the country’s second-largest city, and has a very different feel to London There is something magical about how the city mixes the old with the new. You can be standing next to a building that is centuries old, with a brand new high-rise behind it. We loved seeing beautiful historic buildings turned into modern use spaces without losing its feel.

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15 INCREDIBLE THINGS TO DO IN MANCHESTER ENGLAND 1. John Rylands Library

Whether you’re a bookworm or not, you’re going to want to visit John Rylands Library. Manchester is home to some of the most beautiful libraries in the world, and this one was jaw-dropping and looked straight out of Harry Potter.

150 Deansgate, map

Other Libraries to Check Out:

  • Chetham’s Library which is the oldest surviving public library in the English-speaking world: Long Millgate, map
  • Portico Library built in the Greek Revival style: 57 Mosley Street, map
  • Manchester Central Public Library right in the center of town: St Peter’s Square, map
2. Castlefield Urban Heritage Park

Take a stroll in the Castlefield area to see the site and recreated gate of an ancient Roman fort. Walk along the canals, look for beautiful bridges, and admire the restored Victorian homes.

Duke St & Beaufort St, map

3. Black Cab Tour

One of the best ways to see the city is via a local! One reason we were able to do so much in our short time there is because of John, from Manchester Taxi Tours. He was actually one of the highlights of our trip. He whisked us around town while telling us more about the history of the area. We could hop in and out as needed, and he customizes each tour to what you’re interested in.

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4. Salford Lads Club

During our tour with John, he asked us if we were a fan of The Smiths. Esther nodded without hesitation, so he took us to Salford Lads Club where they took one of their most iconic photos. We even got a chance to go inside to see the Smiths Room! Any Smiths fan should stop by to snap a photo in front of the green door.

Saint Ignatius Walk, map

5. See a Show in the UK’s Music Capital

Besides the Smiths, Manchester is home to a long list of bands, singers, musicians, and producers. As a result, their live music scene is amazing as well!

Some venues to check out:

  • Huge Venue – Manchester Arena
  • Mid-Size – The Lowry and Alber Hall
  • Intimate Shows – Gorilla, Deaf Institute

If you’re looking for a free show to check out, head to Albert’s Schloss, a local beer garden that hosts different shows and cabarets throughout the week.

Albert’s Schloss: 27 Peter St, map

6. Shop for Vinyl

To continue on with the music theme, visit one of the long-standing record stores in town. We stopped by Picadilly Records, which originally opened in ’78 and have been supplying locals with vinyl since. It’s a popular spot for DJs and the friendly staff can recommend albums for you if you don’t know where to start.

Picadilly Records: 53 Oldham St, map

Other Record Shops to Check Out:

  • Vinyl Exchange: 18 Oldham St, map
  • Vinyl Revival: 5 Hilton St, map
  • Eastern Bloc Records: 5a Stevenson Square, map
7. Museum of Science and Industry

Located on the site of the world’s oldest railroad station, the Museum of Science and Industry has 12 galleries covering everything from textiles to cars. It’s a beautiful space and there are a lot of rotating exhibits. During our visit, we had the chance to check out robots, old and new. On top of that, entry to the museum is free, but certain activities and special exhibits have a fee.

Museum of Science and Industry Liverpool Road, map

8. Manchester Town Hall

As we walked into town, we couldn’t help but stop in awe at the Manchester Town Hall. This neo-Gothic building is best viewed from Albert Square or from the hotel we stayed at (see below). but you can get different views from the backside as well. In the past, you were able to explore inside as well, but they will be closed indefinitely for refurbishment.

Albert Square, map

9. Imperial War Museum North

The UK has a series of Imperial Museums throughout the country that covers different conflicts from 1914 to present day. WWI buffs can stop by to the see gun that shot the first British shell. There are also 1,400 historic documents and objects. Don’t forget to also take in the beautiful architecture of the museum itself!

The Quays Trafford Wharf Road, map

10 Northern Quarter Street Art Tour

Manchester’s Northern Quarter is home to some amazing street art. During Cities of Hope, they bring in artists from all over the world to bring light to amazing work done by non-profits. The work is constantly changing so keep your eye out if you visit multiple times.

11. Greater Manchester Police Museum

While walking around, we stumbled across the Greater Manchester Polic Museum. Unfortunately, it’s only open on Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, but admission is free and people seem to love the experience. There’s a replica court where you can attend a mock trial, tons of artifacts to check out, and stories from volunteer guides about previous crimes.

57A Newton St, map

12. Manchester United vs Manchester City

Is Man City or Man United better? Ask any local and you’ll get very different answers. Regardless of which team you support, Manchester is home to both of these top football teams. Visit their stadiums, catch a game, or stop by the National Football Museum to see memorabilia related to the sport.

Old Trafford: Sir Matt Busby Way, map || Etihad Stadium: Ashton New Rd, map

13. Chinatown

We had no idea that Manchester is home to the second largest Chinatown in the UK and third largest in Europe. We only had a chance to stop by the main gate the last morning we were there, but the smell of restaurants preparing to feed their customers that day had us wishing we had more time to explore the area.

Arch of Chinatown: 46 Faulkner St, map

14. Heaton Park

With a footprint of roughly 600 acres, Heaton Park is the largest park in the Manchester area. See Heaton Hall, which was built in 1772, enjoy the views from the vistas, or take advantage of the 18-hole golf course onsite. There is also a botanical garden, boating lake, animal farm, observatory, playground, and more.

Middleton Rd, map

15. Food in Beautiful Spaces

Manchester is full of great food spots! On top of that, they are located in some beautiful spaces as well. We started our trip off at The Refuge, which was a massive space. The sake cured salmon, spiced lamb flatbread, and duck breast were our absolute favorites. We also visited Evelyn’s Cafe Bar and Mackie Mayor. From what we could tell, all three are really popular for the gram.


  • The Refuge By Volta: Oxford St, map 
  • Evelyn’s Cafe Bar: G18 Tib St, map
  • Mackie Mayor: 1 Eagle St, map
WHERE TO STAY IN MANCHESTER

The King Street Townhouse was our home during our time in Manchester. It was comfortable and really close to the center of town. We even made time to have afternoon tea there and enjoy their award-winning rooftop pool! The pool alone is worth booking a stay here. Don’t you think?

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[ Update: We’re spending the year of 2018 exploring NYC. We’d love to hear all your suggestions! ]

We love visiting NYC! When we visit, we spend most our time eating, since the options for food are endless. It wasn’t until recently that we realized that we haven’t seen much of the city other than the insides of restaurants. With the help of our friends Charlene, Ted, and Caty who’ve been living here for over 10 years, we were able to put together an NYC bucket list.

We could probably make an entire 101 list for each borough, but we’ll start with the city as a whole. This list will continue to change and evolve as we find new things to see, do or eat in NYC so keep checking back. We focused more on experiences than food on this post, but we know how important food can be too, so you can check out our full food bucket list.

THE ULTIMATE NEW YORK CITY BUCKET LIST (101 Things to Do in NYC)

Last Updated: April 14, 2018      Created: January 30, 2017

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
  1. ☐ Bronx Zoo, Bronx Park
  2. ☐ Brooklyn Bridge, BK
  3. ☐ Chinatown
  4. ☐ Chrysler Building, Midtown
  5. ☐ Columbia University, Morningside Heights
  6. ☐ Empire State Building, Midtown
  7. ☐ Flatiron Building, Flatiron
  8. ☐ Grand Central Station / Terminal, Midtown
  9. ☐ Greenwich Village / West Village
  10. ☐ Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria, Queens (QNS)
  11. ☐ Library Hotel (stay for a night or happy hour at their rooftop bar)
  12. ☐ The Lowline Lab, Lower East Side (LES) – Reopening March 1, 2018
  13. ☐ Mahayana Buddhist Temple, Chinatown
  14. ☐ New York Public Library, Midtown
  15. ☐ New York Wheel
  16. ☐ The Oculus (World Trade Center Transportation Hub), Financial District
  17. ☐ One World Observatory
  18. ☐ Rockefeller Center, Midtown (Top of the Rock has the best views!)
  19. ☐ St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Midtown
  20. ☐ Staten Island Ferry (and drink a Staten Island. Cheers!)
  21. ☐ Times Square, Midtown (If you want to stay in the area but have a place to escape to, the Casablanca Hotel is a great spot. Also to avoid the crowds, try going at 2am or during terrible weather.)
  22. ☐ Victorian Gardens Amusement Park
Memorials + Museums + Monuments
  1. ☐ African Burial Ground National Monument, Financial District (National Park Unit)
  2. ☐ American Museum of Natural History, UWS
  3. ☐ Brooklyn Museum, Prospect Heights, BK
  4. ☐ Castle Clinton National Monument, Battery Park (National Park Unit)
  5. ☐ The Cloisters, the Heights (part of the Met)
  6. ☐ Chelsea Galleries (David Zwirner Gallery to see Yayoi Kusama’s exhibit)
  7. ☐ Ellis Island
  8. ☐ Federal Hall National Monument, Financial District (National Park Unit)
  9. ☐ Frick Collection, UES
  10. ☐ General Grant National Memorial, Morningside Heights (National Park Unit)
  11. ☐ Governors Island National Monument (National Park Unit)
  12. ☐ The Guggenheim (Solomon R Guggenheim Museum), UES
  13. ☐ Hamilton Grange National Memorial (National Park Unit)
  14. ☐ Intrepid (Intrepid Sea and Air Museum) – for Stargazing or Movie Nights
  15. ☐ Lower East Side Tenement Museum, LES
  16. ☐ The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Central Park / UES
  17. ☐ MoMa / Museum of Modern Art (Free Fri 4-8PM)
  18. ☐ MoMa PS1, LIC, QNS
  19. ☐ Morgan Library and Museum, Murray Hill
  20. ☐ Museum of Moving Image, Astoria, QNS
  21. ☐ National 9/11 Memorial and Museum
  22. ☐ New York Transit Museum, BK
  23. ☐ The Noguchi Museum, LIC, QNS
  24. ☐ Statue of Liberty National Monument (National Park Unit. Want to avoid the lines at Liberty Island? Take a cruise next to it instead.)
  25. ☐ Stonewall National Monument, West Village (National Park Unit)
  26. ☐ Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, Flatiron (National Park Unit)
  27. ☐ Tibet House, Flatiron
  28. ☐ Whitney Museum of American Art, Meatpacking District
Spectate: Shows + Events
  1. ☐ Apollo Theater, Harlem
  2. ☐ Barclay’s Center – Brooklyn Nets
  3. ☐ Broadway Show or Off-Broadway Show (some of our current favorites: Book of Mormon, Chicago, Come from Away, School of Rock)
  4. ☐ Brooklyn Bowl, Williamsburg, BK
  5. ☐ Carnegie Hall, Midtown
  6. ☐ Comedy Cellar, Greenwich Village
  7. ☐ Film Forum, South Village
  8. ☐ Las Chicas Locas for Salsa Dancing
  9. ☐ Late night show taping / SNL (how to score free tickets)
  10. ☐ Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Square
  11. ☐ Madison Square Garden, Midtown West (See the Knicks)
  12. ☐ Metropolitan Opera House, UWS
  13. ☐ MetLife Stadium, NJ – New York Giants
  14. ☐ National Tennis Center, Flushing, QNS – for the US Open
  15. ☐ New York Philharmonic, UWS
  16. ☐ Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg, BK
  17. ☐ The Public Theater, NoHo – an iconic theater and is famous for their logo design. We went and saw the play, Office Hour, which our friend happened to be in.
  18. ☐ Radio City Music Hall, Midtown (take the Stage Door Tour to see behind the scenes)
  19. ☐ Shakespeare in the Park (Summer only, how to score free tickets)
  20. ☐ Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Outdoors + Urban Parks
  1. ☐ The Battery Conservancy, Financial District
  2. ☐ Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, Brooklyn (BK)
  3. ☐ Brooklyn Boulders (we go to the one in LIC)
  4. ☐ Brooklyn Bridge Park
  5. ☐ Coney Island Boardwalk + Brighton Beach, BK
  6. ☐ Bryant Park, Midtown
  7. ☐ Central Park
  8. ☐ Conservatory Garden, East Harlem
  9. ☐ DUMBO view of Manhattan Bridge
  10. ☐ Fort Washington Park’s Little Red Lighthouse, the Heights
  11. ☐ The High Line, Chelsea
  12. ☐ New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Park
  13. ☐ The New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Staten Island
  14. ☐ Prospect Park, BK
  15. ☐ Rockaway Beach, QNS
  16. ☐ Socrates Sculpture Park, LIC, QNS
  17. ☐ Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village
  18. ☐ West 4th Street Courts
Shopping + Food Experiences
  1. ☐ Afternoon tea at the Plaza, Midtown West (plus, here are some other great spots)
  2. ☐ Arthur Ave, Bronx – the real Little Italy if you want real Italian
  3. ☐ B&H – A photographer’s heaven. It’s gigantic. You can pick up your free gift using this voucher or code: LOCALADVEN
  4. ☐ Brooklyn Flea Market, DUMBO
  5. ☐ Chelsea Market
  6. ☐ Coffee at Birch Coffee, A Little Taste, or Piccolo Cafe
  7. ☐ Eataly Market, Flatiron
  8. ☐ Fifth Avenue, Midtown – one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world
  9. ☐ New York bagel at one of these spots
  10. ☐ New York-style pizza at any of these iconic spots
  11. ☐ Smorgasburg at East River State Park, Williamsburg, BKBrooklyn – largest open-air food market in the US.
  12. ☐ Strand Bookstore, Union Square
  13. ☐ Union Square Farmer’s Market
Essential Tips for First Time Visitors

We try to make it back once a year because we think NYC has some of the best food in the world, but we can’t wait to see more of the city too! Do you have a city that you keep going back to?

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Have you set foot in all five boroughs? Anything on this list you weren’t impressed with? Anything you think we missed?

ESTHER + JACOB

Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They move to a new city every year and currently live in Portland, Oregon.

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I floated on my surfboard under the beating sun as Joel, my instructor, told me a few adjustments to make on the next wave. I glanced over at Jacob on the shore, as he waved and shot a few more photos. As I readied my board, I looked back to watch the coming wave, and for a moment I thought to myself “I never thought I’d be surfing in Austin!”

After living in Portland for a year, we were excited to spend a few days exploring Austin. The two cities are often compared and like to compete on which city is weirder. We found ourselves cliff jumping at a swimming hole, eating BBQ, watching hundreds of thousands of bats flying around, and even taking a surf lesson.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2018     Originally Created: August 18, 2017

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
  1. ☐ Austin Helicopter Tour
  2. ☐ ATX Sculpture at Whole Foods
  3. ☐ Austin Aquarium
  4. ☐ Austin Brewery Tour
  5. ☐ Austin Zoo
  6. ☐ Cathedral of Junk (unique and eclectic art structure)
  7. ☐ Circuit of The Americas (Auto Race Track)
  8. ☐ Driveway Austin Motorsports (Drive Experience)
  9. ☐ HOPE Outdoor Gallery – the grounds are open to the general public but you need a permit to paint.
  10. ☐ Horseback Riding
  11. ☐ Lake Travis Zip-lining
  12. ☐ Lone Star Riverboat Cruises – Take a sunset tour on the Colorado River. If you come in the summer, you can do a bat watching tour.
  13. ☐ Murals – I love you so much, You’re my Butter Half, Love from Austin, Greetings from Austin, SprATX Art, and more (full post coming soon!)
  14. ☐ NLand Surf Park – great place to learn how to surf since the waves are consistent. Joel was a great instructor and helped me understand what I was doing right or wrong.
  15. ☐ The Oasis – dining over Lake Travis. A beautiful restaurant that’s all over Pinterest.
  16. ☐ Pennybacker Bridge – Local Tip: best photos are from the NE cliff or NW cliff.
  17. ☐ Pinballz Arcade – personal pinball collection turned into an arcade
  18. ☐ Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, Auditorium Shores – Auditorium Shores is a nice place to shoot the skyline too
  19. ☐ Texas State Capitol Building + Visitor Center – really beautiful architecture.
  20. ☐ University of Texas – Littlefield Fountain + UT Tower in the backdrop is picturesque. You can also see a UT home football game in the fall.

MUSEUMS + MEMORIALS
  1. ☐ Austin Nature and Science Center
  2. ☐ Blanton Museum of Art
  3. ☐ Bullock Texas State History Museum
  4. ☐ Harry Ransom Center at UT – archive, art, library, and museum.
  5. ☐ LBJ Presidential Library
  6. ☐ Mexic-Arte Museum
  7. ☐ Museum of the Weird
  8. ☐ Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata
  9. ☐ O. Henry Museum
  10. ☐ Radha Madhav Dham Temple
  11. ☐ Sitagu Buddha Vihara Temple
  12. ☐ Sparky Park – electrical sub station turned into eccentric art
  13. ☐ Texas State Cemetery
  14. ☐ The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria / the Jones Center / The Contemporary Austin Jones Center (Your $5.00 admission also gets you into the Laguna Gloria)
  15. ☐ Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum at Zilker Metropolitan Park- look for the bamboo forest
  16. ☐ Xiang Yun Temple (also called the International Buddhist Progress Society / IBPS)
  17. ☐ Zilker Botanical Garden at Zilker Metropolitan Park


photo: Erin & Caroline

URBAN PARKS + OUTDOORS
  1. ☐ Ann and Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail – trails run along the lake and take you through Zilker Park, Butler Park, Auditorium Shores, and Long Center for the Performing Arts.
  2. ☐ Austin Bouldering Project
  3. ☐ Barton Creek Greenbelt – Great for hiking, bouldering, and climbing. You can also swim at Twin Falls, Campbell’s Hole and swimming holes along the Gus Fruh Trail. Sculpture Falls is a one-mile hike and used to be more hidden but is now packed. Check out Seismic Wall aka Maggie’s Wall and see other popular climbs here.
  4. ☐ Commons Ford Ranch – lakefront park on Lake Austin.
  5. ☐ Deep Eddy Pool – It’s the oldest swimming pool in Texas. It’s a spring-fed pool, not as crowded as Barton Springs Pool.
  6. ☐ Barton Creek Spillway – free alternative to the popular Barton Springs. Local Tip – water is rushing sometimes, which means you want to be a strong swimmer. Bring river shoes and goggles.
  7. ☐ Barton Springs Pool – natural spring fed swimming pool. Local Tip: Upper Barton Springs is free and way less crowded. It’s 1200 ft upstream from Barton Springs Pool.
  8. ☐ Bob Wentz Park – a popular spot for scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, and swimming in the summer. See park fees here.
  9. ☐ Bull Creek Greenbelt – There are lots of great secluded swimming holes, hiking trails, and a short, wide waterfall.
  10. ☐ Emma Long Metropolitan Park – swimming hole with a true beach off Lake Austin. See entrance fees here.
  11. ☐ Hippie Hollow Park – great swimming and the only legally recognized clothing optional public park in Texas. Must be 18+. See park fees here.
  12. ☐ Mount Bonnell, Covert Park – Great photo spot and a view of the city. It’s 102 steps from the parking lot but overlooks Downtown, Lake Austin, and hill country. Best enjoyed at sunrise or sunset.
  13. ☐ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  14. ☐ Lady Bird Lake (aka Town Lake by locals, also the former name) – Go on a cruise, kayak, or SUP. It’s illegal to swim, and there is a $150 fine. If you want to photograph Lady Bird Lake and the skyline, popular spots are at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, the Hike-and Bike trail boardwalk near Joe’s Crabshack entrance, and the Lamar Street Bridge.
  15. ☐ Longhorn Cavern State Park (Limestone Cave)
  16. ☐ Mansfield Dam Park on Lake Travis – popular boating and swimming spot. See park fees here.
  17. ☐ Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve – look for the peacocks!
  18. ☐ McKinney Falls State Park (Swimming Hole) – Has a waterfall, 700 acres of hiking trails, and camping. Travel channel it one of the top 10 swimming holes in the US.
  19. ☐ Red Bud Isle Park, let your dog off-leash here! It’s a great place for dogs to swim in Lake Austin but not dog owners.
  20. ☐ St. Edwards Park for more swimming hole fun, hiking, biking, and running.
  21. ☐ West Lake Beach – great for families. It has a roped off swimming area of Lake Austin. Local Tip: Call ahead. It’s often rented out for private events.
  22. ☐ Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center

SHOPPING
  1. ☐ Allens Boots – has more than 4000 boots on display plus cowboy hats and clothing.
  2. ☐ Antonelli’s Cheese Shop
  3. ☐ Big Top Candy Shop
  4. ☐ BookPeople
  5. ☐ City Wide Garage Sale – Austin’s famous vintage market
  6. ☐ East Austin Succulents
  7. ☐ Feather’s Boutique Vintage
  8. ☐ Kick Pleat
  9. ☐ Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds (Costume Store)
  10. ☐ Stag Provisions for Men
  11. ☐ Tesoros Trading Company (Folk Arts and Crafts)
  12. ☐ Texas Custom Boots
  13. ☐ TOMS Austin + Cafe serving TOMS Roasting Co
  14. ☐ Uncommon Objects (Antiques)
  15. ☐ Waterloo Records & Video
SHOWS, EVENTS, VENUES
  1. ☐ Antone’s Nightclub (Blues)
  2. ☐ Austin City Limits or ACL Live at the Moody Theater (Live Music)
  3. ☐ Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In
  4. ☐ Broken Spoke – last of the true Texas Dance-halls
  5. ☐ Carousel Lounge (Circus-themed lounge)
  6. ☐ The Continental Club – legendary South Congress club with local rock, country, jazz, and blues acts.
  7. ☐ Donn’s Depot (Piano Bar with Live Music)
  8. ☐ Ego’s (Karaoke)
  9. ☐ The Elephant Room (Underground Jazz bar)
  10. ☐ Esther’s Follies (Comedy)
  11. ☐ Historic Scoot Inn (Live Music) – usually eclectic indie bands
  12. ☐ Little Longhorn Saloon – Play Chicken Shit Bingo
  13. ☐ The Long Center – home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, and more. It frames downtown nicely for photos.
  14. ☐ Mohawk Austin (Live Music)
  15. ☐ One World Theater (Music + Theater)
  16. ☐ Paramount Theater – Very underrated. They play a classic movie series in the summer.
  17. ☐ White Horse (Live Country Music)
DAY TRIPS
  1. ☐ Reimers Ranch Park, Dripping Springs (29.6 mi NW / 38 mins away) – Has a nice beach area to swim and sunbathe plus good limestone sport-climbing. See popular climbs here and park fees here.
  2. ☐ Hamilton Pool Preserve, Dripping Springs (30.7 mi NW / 43 mins away) – a natural grotto and swimming hole with a waterfall. Reserve ahead of time ($16 fee) and bring hiking shoes.
  3. ☐ Krause Springs, Spicewood (36.4 mi NW / 46 mins away) – There are 32 springs on their private property. See fees here. Since it’s private, 21+ can drink here.
  4. ☐ Pace Bend Park, Spicewood (35 mi NW / 54 mins away) – Pale Face is a popular cliff jumping spot. You can also find great camping, lake recreation, mountain biking, deep water soloing or water bouldering. See popular climbs here.
  5. ☐ Jacob’s Well Natural Area, Wimberley (36.4 mi SW / 48 mins away) – It’s a popular swimming hole with the biggest underwater cave system. Recreational diving is no longer allowed. Local Tip: Make reservations ahead of time. If they’re already booked, keeping checking back since there are cancellations.
  6. ☐ Blue Hole Park, Georgetown (28.5 mi N / 33 mins away) – another popular swimming hole
  7. ☐ Blue Hole Regional Park, Wimberley (37.7 mi SW / 46 mins away) – scenic swimming hole with green foliage, clear water, and grassy areas for picnics. open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. See admission fees and hours here.
  8. ☐ Pedernales Falls State Park, Johnson City (41.9 mi E / 1 h away) – Great photography spot. See fees here.
  9. ☐ Devil’s Watering Hole at Inks Lake State Park, Burnet (68.7 mi NW/ 1 h 22 min away) – Known for its cliff jumping and swimming. See
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When we decided to move to NYC, there were a few things we couldn’t miss, one of which is Manhattanhenge. With the event just around the corner, we put together this guide for those of you wanting to witness this phenomenon.


photo: Eric Gross/cc

WHAT IS MANHATTANHENGE?

Manhattanhenge is when the sunset perfectly lines up with the east-west streets on the main street grid in Manhattan. Every year, it happens twice over a two day period. On one day you can see the sun in full and on the other day you get a partial view of the sun.

Fun Fact: Neil deGrasse Tyson actually coined the term ‘Manhattanhenge’. He mashed up Manhattan with Stonehenge since you can see the sun through the center of the monument during the summer and winter solstices.

WHEN DOES MANHATTANHENGE HAPPEN?

The streets of Manhattan are 29 degrees from a true east-west direction, making Manhattanhenge fall on two separate dates surrounding the solstice. It typically happens around May 29th and July 11th, but the exact date varies from year to year.

The Museum of Natural History typically announces the precise dates of Manhattanhenge on their site. If you’re interested in learning more, they have public programs prior to the event at the Hayden Planetarium to learn more about it. To see the latest updates, visit their Manhattanhenge Page.

Manhattanhenge 2018 Dates*:

May Dates:

  • May 29, 8:13 PM (Half Sun)
  • May 30, 8:12 PM (Full Sun)

July Dates:

  • July 12, 8:20 PM (Full Sun)
  • July 13, 8:21 PM (Half Sun)

*Information from American Museum of Natural History


photo: wsifrancis/cc

WHERE TO SEE MANHATTANHENGE

It’s best to stand as far east in Manhattan as possible. When you look west, you should still be able to see New Jersey. Some of the best streets are:

  • 14th Street
  • 23rd Street
  • 34th Street
  • 42nd Steet
  • 57th Street

Additional viewing areas are

  • Tudor City Bridge (between Grand Central and the UN)
  • Empire State Building (34th Street View)
  • Chrysler Building (42nd Street View)


photo: 5oulscape/cc

ESSENTIAL TIPS FOR MANHATTANHENGE
  • The Museum of Natural History suggests arrive at least 30 minutes before sunset, but as the phenomenon has become more popular, we would suggest at least an hour to scout for the best spot.
  • Bring a tripod. It will help claim your space and set up for the shot beforehand. This is the one that we use.
  • Use a long lens to compress the buildings in the foreground with the sun in the background. We will be using our 70-200mm lens and may even bring our 2x extender. (note, we shoot with a 5D Mark III)
  • Check the weather before you go. If it’s going to be cloudy, try for the next date.
  • You can apparently catch the Sunrise Manhattanhenge as well from 34th or 42nd Street looking east towards Long Island City’s Gantry Plaza State Park. Arrive 30-60 minutes before sunrise to get set.

We’ll be updating the post after with our own photos and any other tips we’ve learned from our experience.

Have you heard about this phenomenon? 

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I’m not a huge flower person, but I’ve always been quite fond of cherry blossom season. Since cherry blossoms are typically only around for a short period, it can be difficult to time your visit. In Japan, it is often associated with the concept of mono-no-aware, which is about the bittersweet appreciation of its ephemeral beauty. It’s also a great reminder of how short life is and how we should appreciate each moment because you will never get it back.

We’ve been on a mad scramble running all over the city trying to catch the cherry blossoms before they disappear. Some places we’ve been lucky with, others, we’ve missed this season.

5 BEST PLACES TO SEE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN NYC 1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Hours (March to October): Tues to Friday 8 AM to 6PM, Sat and Sun 10 AM to 6 PM, Closed Mondays
Admission: Adults $15, Free Friday Mornings (8 AM to 12 PM)
990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn 11225 map

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a lot of cherry blossom trees and multiple varieties. They also have 3 tree tunnels you can shoot down. Best of all, they have a Cherry Watch page where they update the current status of the trees.

The tunnels are lined with Kanzan (or Kwanzan) Cherry Blossoms, which bloom the latest of all the trees, so you can watch the map as the others bloom first. It took only a couple days for it to go from first bloom to full bloom.

Local Tip: Go weekdays early mornings to avoid people. You can visit for free on Fridays from 8 AM to 12 PM, but it gets super crowded.



2. Green-Wood Cemetery

Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM October to March, 7 AM to 7 PM April to September
Admission: Free
25th Street and Fifth Avenue Brooklyn, map

You won’t find cherry blossom tree tunnels, but this historical cemetery has a wide variety of cherry blossoms scattered throughout its beautiful grounds. It was my favorite place to see them since it was so peaceful and serene. It only took us moments to spot them after entering and within a 10-minute walk, we found so many beautiful trees to shoot.

Note: Only photos of the grounds and architecture are allowed. No models (including taking photos of other people) are allowed.



3. Central Park

Hours: All Day
Admission: Free
W 90th Street and Central Park West, map

Head to the west side of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir to find a bunch of cherry blossoms along Bridle Path. The Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms line the pathway for great photo opportunities. You’ll find lots of people enjoying a picnic under the trees on beautiful days.

Other places to find the Kwanzan Cherry Blossoms:

  • West Side of the Reservoir
  • East Green
  • West of the MET
  • East Drive at 74th Street
  • Bethesda Terrace (mid-Park at 72nd Street)
  • Southeast Corner of the Great Lawn Oval

You can also find Yoshino Cherry in the park. These tend to bloom earlier than the Kwanzan Cherry. Here are the best places to see them:

  • East Side of the Reservoir
  • Lilac Walk (northeast of Sheep Meadow)
  • Conservatory Water
  • Ramble (mid-Park at 72nd Street)
  • Delacorte Theater (mid-Park at 80th Street)
  • Southeast Edge of Great Lawn



4. Roosevelt Island

Hours: All Day
Admission: Free
W Main Street and N Loop Road, map

Head south from the Roosevelt Island Tram station along the Manhattan side of the island to find a long row of cherry trees. You also get a great view of the city.

There are two types of cherry blossom trees along the promenade that bloom at different times, so you can visit multiple times to check them out.

Local Tip: They also have a free Cherry Blossom Festival on the Island every year in April. You can get here with the tram, the F, or the ferry. If you do the tram, it also has an additional great view of the city.


5. Madison Square Park + Flatiron Building

Hours: All Day
Admission: Free
Address: 11 Madison Ave, map

Chances are if you’re visiting, you’ll be going to the Flatiron Building at some point. If you’re looking for a spot to check out cherry blossoms with a view of one of the most iconic buildings in the city, then this is the spot for you. There aren’t as many trees, but there are a few you can picnic under and enjoy the view of the Flatiron Building right next to it.

Photo Tip: Bring a long lens for this shot. This was using the 70-200mm/2.8L.

Other Places to Find Cherry Blossoms

  • United Nations Headquarters (760 United Nations Plaza, map)
  • Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens, map)
  • Prospect Park (Brooklyn, map)
  • New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Blvd, map)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main St, map)
  • Randalls Island (map)
  • Riverside Park (104 Street & Riverside Drive, map)
  • Cadman Plaza Park (Brooklyn, map)
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (1000 Richmond Terrace, map)
ESSENTIAL LOCAL TIPS + PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS
  • The best light is generally during sunrise or sunset. Sunrise has the least amount of crowds.
  • The most beautiful time to see or photograph cherry blossoms is when there is a blanket of pink below, between the cusp of life and death.
  • Kwanzan cherries are the vibrant pink ones. Keep in mind Yoshino cherries bloom before Kanzen cherries / Kwanzan cherries.
  • If you’re going to a crowded area, bring a tripod. You can try layering photos and make sure no one is in each section of the photo. I had to layer 30+ photos together for the one below.
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Portland has many nicknames, and one we commonly hear about is “City of Roses” or “Rose City”. The climate makes it the ideal spot to grow roses outdoors. Although you can see roses scattered throughout the city, one of the best places to see them is the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN

The free rose garden is home to over 8,000 rose plants and roughly 550 different varieties. It’s one of eleven American Garden Rose Selections test sites, and the oldest continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States! The garden covers 4.5 acres of land with several tiers to explore.

New roses are sent to the garden from all over the world to be evaluated before going to market (although a lot of the roses in the garden are already sold to the public). They look at everything from disease resistance to color and fragrance.

BEST TIME TO GO

The roses bloom anytime between April and October, but the peak usually comes sometime in June. We visited a few times starting in May and the roses definitely weren’t in full bloom yet.

Since the site isn’t updated with the current bloom status, we found that the best way to see what the current bloom was by stalking the Instagram location tag. Just be sure to you look through plenty of the latest photos in case people are posting late or from previous trips.



NAVIGATING THE INTERNATIONAL ROSE TEST GARDEN

We simply strolled through the gardens looking for photo opportunities, but if you want to search for specific roses, look for the most up-to-date map listing on the premises. A couple notable areas:

  • The Royal Rosarian Garden has roses that are no longer commercially sold.
  • The Shakespeare Garden contains roses features in his writing and also other summer annuals, tropical plants, and year-round shrubs names after characters in his plays.
  • The Minature Rose Garden is one of only eight miniature rose testing grounds for the American Rose Society and helps determine which go to market.
  • The center aisle of the middle garden features the winners of the national annual American Rose Society.
FREE TOURS

If you want to get more insight of the garden, free tours are offered to the public daily at 1 PM from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. To be a part of the tour, meet at the Rose Garden store at before 12:50 PM.

PARKING & DIRECTIONS

International Rose Test Garden
Washington Park
400 SW Kingston Avenue
503.823.3636
Garden hours: 7:30am-9:00pm

Paid parking is available in Washington Park but is very limited, especially when the weather is nice and during the weekends. If you do find parking, simply find a machine to pay for your parking and follow the instructions. It’s $1.60 per hour. Check explorewashingtonpark.com for real-time parking info, construction alerts, and road closures.

Other Options:

  • You can take the MAX Light Rail to Washington Park via the blue or red lines. It is a 1.8-mile walk from the Washing Park MAX stop on the Garden Trails connection. You can also take the free shuttle to the gardens.
  • There is a free Explore Washington Park shuttle that stops at all the park’s major attractions between April and October. It runs every 15 minutes from 9 AM to 7 PM between May and September and runs only on the weekends in April and October.
  • You can also take the TriMet bus #63 from Providence Park to Washington Park. The bus stops near the International Rose Test Garden and the Japanese Garden.



MORE ROSE GARDENS AND ROSES IN PORTLAND
  1. Peninsula Park Rose Garden – Portland’s first public rose garden and where they first held the Rose Festival. 700 N Rosa Parks Way, 97217
  2. Ladd Circle Park and Rose Gardens – There are four rose gardens on the north, east, south, west end of the neighborhood. 1996 SE Ladd Ave, 97214
  3. Pittock Mansion – There are 100 different species of roses on the grounds. Don’t forget to look out for the Gold Struck Georgiana Pittock Rose. 3229 NW Pittock Dr, 97210 
LOCAL TIPS
  • Don’t miss the views on the east side of the grounds. You can see the city, and on clear days, get amazing views of the cascades.
  • Bring a picnic and enjoy it in the amphitheater.
  • Visit early morning to avoid crowds.
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It can get really crowded, so you may have to wait around for a while if you want to get a shot alone. This is just another view of reality vs instagram. I actually had to photoshop a head out of the bushes. Can you tell?







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How many pairs of shoes do you pack when you travel? Before meeting Esther, I used to pack everyday shoes, working out shoes, and a pair of nicer shoes. Nine times out of ten, I never used all three. Now that we’re all about traveling light, we usually just have a small carry-on and backpack each. That means we have to be much smarter about how we pack and shoes take up a lot of space.

We’re always on the hunt for multi-purpose clothes and shoes. For shoes that might mean everyday shoes that can also be dressed up or work out shoes that are stylish enough to be everyday shoes.

We just got back from a trip to Japan and after being there for only 2 days, Esther’s feet were killing her. She loved how her shoes looked, but they provided absolutely no support. It didn’t help that her feet started hurting early in the trip, which just continued to get worse day after day.

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When we returned, HOKA ONE ONE reached out to us about their new Fly Collection, and we were so happy to try them out!

Hoka is a relatively young company started by two life-long runners in 2009. The lightweight shoes were initially a hit with ultrarunners (that’s people who run races longer than marathons… we’re talking 30-100 miles!) because of their cushioning and stability. Since then, they’ve started developing shoes for more regular people like us, who need versatile shoes.

We’ll be the first to admit we aren’t big runners. I used to run a lot more but I have bad knees now (wow, that makes me sound old), but living in NYC we walk a lot! We took our new shoes out for a test in the city.



Our Initial Thoughts

There are a few different designs in the Fly Collection, but we went with the Cavu in black. The shoes have a clean, minimal design that makes them versatile and easy for everyday use. They are very lightweight and the front of the shoe is a very soft fabric, so you can easily pack them down.

As soon as I put on the shoes, I swear my feet audibly said “ahhhhhh” as if stepping onto a comfortable bed. I’ve been wearing boots all winter so it felt foreign stepping into a shoe with so much cushion. The shoes run on the narrow side, which works really well for my feet, but feel a bit tight in the toe box for Esther (she always has an issue because her feet are 5-5.5 but her width are like 8s).

After wearing them all day, my feet felt great. We spent the morning walking the streets of Brooklyn looking for photography spots. Then we headed to the rock climbing gym to do some climbing and training. Remember how I mentioned I like versatile clothes? I didn’t even have to change and just brought our climbing shoes.

I’m excited to use my shoes more as the weather gets warmer (I’m so ready for the weather to get warmer!) and will definitely be adding them to my pack light set. Check them out here.

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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